Before You Apply

Choose Your Major

Many students are not aware that they will be required to complete freshman and sophomore courses that prepare them to enter their major as a junior. In some cases, it is difficult to be admitted to a university without these "lower-division major prerequisites", also known as "lower division major preparation" or just "major prep". You certainly cannot be admitted to your major at the university without them. Consequently, choosing a major as early as possible is important. The links below connect you to information about how to choose a major, impacted majors and exploring majors. If you are still unsure about your major, you should make an appointment with your MJC Counselor to get a referral to complete some career assessments.

Check out these resources for help with choosing a major:

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Choose Your University

There is no single university that is best for every student in any area of study. Each university program is unique, based on the curriculum designed by the faculty at that university. The location, setting, and culture of each campus are among the other elements that can determine whether you will thrive at a given school or not. The links below provide you with information to help you research criteria you might consider when choosing a university and the resources to finding schools that match your priorities.

Prepare for Your Major

Your bachelor's degree will be granted in a specific discipline (your major). The university faculty that teaches in your major determines the unit and subject requirements for the degree. (You will petition to enter your major as a junior.) Among those requirements is lower division major preparation through which you demonstrate interest and ability in your chosen major. Some majors require very little such preparation, while other majors require many courses. Some of the preparation for your major can also be used to meet GE requirements. It is important to choose a major early and find out about the preparation that you will need to be admitted to your major. The UC requires that students complete most, if not all, of their major preparation before transfer. See ASSIST.ORG to find out what the major prep is for your major.

General Education for Transfer Students

Most students arrive at the community college with the understanding that "General Education" is an important part of the course requirements that they must complete to transfer to a university. The links below connect you to guides that will show you how General Education courses are grouped together in "patterns" and which MJC courses can be used to fulfill an entire pattern for the California State University (CSU), the University of California (UC), and some independent (private) colleges in California. General Education requirements to transfer to other California independent institutions and out-of-state colleges and universities vary, and you should meet with a MJC counselor to learn about them.

Transferable Units

Transferable courses are those MJC courses that will apply toward baccalaureate credit at the institution to which you plan to transfer. For CSU, all courses numbered 100-299 are considered transferable, while UC accepts some - but not all- 100-299 courses. For more information on transferring and which MJC courses are UC or CSU transferable meet with an MJC counselor and visit www.assist.org. CSU and UC will accept a maximum of 70 transferable units completed prior to transfer.